Welcome to the Blood Spring #B2BCyCon2017

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Horror at the B2BCyCon

April 7th, 8th and 9th

Here’s our fabulous Walk with the Monsters Blog Hop
(Includes the  Stalk the Monsters Scavenger Hunt )

The blog hop begins April seventh.

Here’s our Blog Hop authors:

Naching Kassa
Nicholas Paschall
W. J. Howard
A. F. Stewart
Angela Yuriko Smith
C. A. Verstraete
Carol James Marshall

Monsters, Goodies and Games Await You in the Hop.

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Welcome to the Out of the Shadows Horror Genre Tour!

The tour begins April seventh.

Here’s a list of the dark delights we have in store for you:

Our Blog Hosts:

C. A. Verstraete
Debbie Frisenda Christiana
A. F. Stewart
W. J. Howard
Angela B. Chrysler
Karina Kantas
John Linwood Grant

Genre

Our Facebook Event: Horror Hall

Horror Hall

Other events where you can find the B2BCyCon horror authors lurking and cavorting with the monsters:

Author Showcase

Book Expo

Panels

Cover Wars

Character Tournaments

Story Time

Brain to Books Anthology

Author Interviews

Brain to Books Giveaway

Horror Hall

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Come Denizens of the Dark to Horror Hall!

Greetings all you fans of things that go bump in the night, you scribes of dark fiction! I invite you to enter into a place of shadows. Where the blood runs red and cold,  where shivers chase up you spine, and the monsters come out to play.

This is Horror Hall!

Horror Hall

This horror event is part of the Brain to Book Cyber Convention and happens on Facebook from April 7th until April 9th . Horror fans and authors alike can come and chat, post, discuss all things horror and have a good time. Share your stories, excerpts, talk books, movies, your favorite horror tropes. There will be discussions, authors popping in, and an updating of the B2BCyCon horror events. So please join us in the virtual world. We’ll be serving blood wine and eyeball appetizers.

Come to the Horror Hall

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The Sirens Call eZine and More Updates

 

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Great news!

As mentioned in a previous post, my little horror story, Arthur’s World, was accepted for publication in the Sirens Call eZine. Well…

The Sirens Call eZine – Issue 28 Terrifying Tales is out!

You can check out the website page for the issue #28 link (along with links to back issues). Sirens Call Publications 

Or go here for the direct download:

http://www.sirenscallpublications.com/pdfs/SirensCallEZine_August2016.pdf

There’s a plethora of wonderfully creepy tales and poems to peruse, along with interviews and artwork. So do pop over and take a look.

 

And now for other Updates…

I will (despite life’s annoying interruptions) be publishing my new poetry book in October. It’s a collection of my horror poetry, Horror Haiku And Other Poems, and will come out in time to make Halloween extra creepy. I will be doing a cover reveal later in September for the book.

In other book news, Ghosts of the Sea Moon, is nearly finished, but the above mentioned life interruptions have slowed down progress on the novella slightly. It should, however, be ready for publication by the end of the year.

In convention news:

– The Efestival of Words went well and a good time was had by all.

– I recklessly volunteered to run the horror genre for the Brain to Books Cyber Convention, so I’m actively looking to recruit horror authors for the event. If you have published a horror book, and are interested in participating in B2BCYCON, please leave a comment. You can check out the convention FAQ page here:  http://braintobooks.com/b2bcycon-faq/

Registration for B2BCYCON doesn’t begin until October, but feel free to check it out, or ask me questions.

 

 

 

The Highwayman – #B2BCYCON Story Hop

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Welcome to the Brain to Books Cyber Convention Story Hop. My contribution to this literary excursion through the blogosphere is a small paranormal tale called, The Highwayman

 

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The Highwayman

by A. F. Stewart

 

Sorley hefted the fat purse he lifted off the poor fool asking for directions. The hapless man hailed him at the crossroads, and never felt Sorley’s nimble fingers deprive of his money. Nor did he suspect Sorley’s generous help steered him down the wrong road.

“Serves the Sassenach right. With any luck he’ll end in a bog.” Sorley chuckled. “His coin will do me more good at any rate.”

He tucked the money purse into his coat pocket and started back down the road towards home, whistling his mother’s favourite tune. As he strolled, he smiled at thought of spending his ill-gotten gains.

Maybe I’ll buy Caitriona those hair ribbons she admired. Or Mairi some of those sweets she enjoys. Or a new coat for myself.

Lost in his dreams of gifts and grandeur, he almost missed the sound drifting from the river. Past the bend in the road came a quiet song, a soft and somber lilt, flowing from the water’s edge. Sorley turned his head.

The sight he beheld caused him to stay his travels and stare. On the sandy riverbank, a smallish old woman—dressed in a sea green cloak—squatted, her gnarled fingers hard at work doing her washing. The air around her seemed to tremble and shimmer as if bewitched. Sorley responded in kind with an agitated shiver, though no wind blew and the day was warm. He moved off the road, closer to the river.

The old woman twisted her head and gaped at him, her face a withered reflection of age and decay. Another shiver chased up Sorley’s spine.

“Come to gawk at an old crone, have you?”

“Just curious, old woman.” Her dark, piercing eyes made him uncomfortable, so he looked away, glancing at her laundry. The mess of gray, stained cloth did not put his mind at ease, but he blustered past his disquiet. “But I’d give it up if I were you. That cloth of yours has seen better days. You’ll need more than a good scrub to clean it.”

“That it has, and you’re right. Its day is coming soon.” She smiled, a crooked grin of missing teeth.

Sorley shook his head. His mind seemed improbably mesmerized. “You’re an odd old thing, aren’t you?”

“That I am, full of strange ways.” She shifted her stance, crouching on one knee and hunching her shoulders. “But I have things to say, and you should listen to me.”

“And why is that?” Sorley smiled, now highly amused at her impudence. “What ancient wisdom to you have to offer?”

“Just one small pearl.” She chuckled. “We can’t escape our fate, young man.”

“That’s it?” Disappointment crossed Sorley’s face. “A bit of superstitious nonsense. I was hoping for better, old woman, than tired and useless banality. Fate is for fools. There’s nothing controlling my destiny. I make my own way.”

The old woman stuck out her tongue, and then giggled. “So sure of yourself, you are. Would it surprise you that I agreed? Our actions do determine our fate. Yet…” She smiled another gapped-toothed grin. “We each walk the same path.”

“More nonsense wrapped in daft riddles.” Irritation crept into his tone, with the thought she mocked him. His attention flickered back to the road. “As delightful as this chat has been, I haven’t the time. Good luck with your washing and your drivel, old woman. I’m off.”

“Farewell, Sorley. We’ll meet again soon.”

Sorley sniffed and gave a shrug, dismissing the old woman as he walked on. Only a mile or so down the road did her use of his given name sink into his head. He stopped, and stared back over his shoulder.

“I didn’t tell her my name. I know I didn’t. How did she know?”

His skin prickled, and unease crept into his thoughts, but he pushed the whole encounter into the back recesses of his memory. He continued towards home.

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Nevertheless, the encounter still bothered him. Two nights later, in a seedy tavern, he spoke of it to three friends, Alan, Rab and Graham, as they sat around the card table

“The other day I saw something odd on the way home.” Sorley casually threw the remark, and his move, into the game.

Alan smirked and played his turn. “Do tell.”

“There was a daft old woman down by the river, washing clothes. Isn’t that peculiar?”

“Oh.” Rab glanced up from his hesitation over the cards. “Oh my. I hope it wasn’t the Washer at the Ford.”

“The what?” Sorley frowned.

“It’s some legend, isn’t it?” Alan’s voice interrupted. “See the old woman, and someone you know will die.”

“Oh, I’ve heard of that.” Graham chimed in, “But I thought the person who saw her was the one to die.”

“It’s both actually,” Rab corrected, “She’s a harbinger of death, but who will die only time will tell.”

“Nonsense. She a figment of foolishness. Silly superstition.” Sorley dismissed his friends, but his earlier unease prickled under his skin. “Things like that don’t exist. It’s all just the prattle of fools.”

“You’re probably right, all this talk is a bit silly.” Alan chuckled. “Perhaps someone was playing a prank.” He threw down a card, a grin plastered on his face. “Still, it might be best to avoid cuckolding any husbands for a bit. To be on the safe side.” His trio of friends roared in laughter and Sorley scowled at them.

“If you’re done amusing yourselves at my expense, can we get back to the game?”

And with that, the group spun their attention back to the cards, the conversation fading into ale and the wee hours.

~*~

On the precipice of dusk, Sorley crouched in the woods at the edge of the road, awaiting the carriage of a well-heeled landowner. He heard the rumble of the wheels, and saw the dust in the distance. With one last adjustment to his mask, he raised his pistols and stepped out into the road.

“Halt!” Sorley shouted the command with the roar of a beast, grinning wickedly. He aimed both pistols at the approaching carriage.

The driver, faced with the choice of stopping or running Sorley down, chose to stop. Then he snatched a gun from the adjacent seat. Sorley didn’t hesitate, firing a shot into the man’s chest. The driver slumped, his weapon clattering usually onto the floorboards.

Sorley dashed forward, his heart pumping, and hopped onto the carriage to check on his victim. Satisfied he was dead, Sorley jumped to the ground, still facing the coach. Then came the click of the carriage door opening.

“Damnable highwaymen!”

Sorley whirled at the shout, his remaining weapon raised. He saw the flash of the other man’s pistol, and felt an agony pierce his abdomen. He stumbled, staring at the spreading stain on his shirt, the crimson colour darkly illuminated by the last rays of the sun. Pain screamed through his body as he collapsed onto the ground, his head slumped at an angle, his fingers dropping his useless guns.

Gasping raw and laboured, his blood pooling in the dirt, he saw the old woman standing by the side of the road.

“I told you young man. You can’t escape your fate. Death comes for us all.”

Sorley breathed his last to the soft echoes of a tender, wailing lament.

 

© A. F. Stewart 2016 All Rights Reserved

 

All the stories in the Hop can be found here: The Story Hop

 

For more fun check out the Convention

And my booth, Are You Afraid of the Dark? – Fantasy and Horror Author A.F. Stewart

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Brain to Books Cyber Convention

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Welcome to the Brain to Books Cyber Convention!

It all begins tomorrow!

Starting Friday April 8th until Sunday April 10th, I’ll be participating in the wonderful Brain to Books Cyber Convention 2016, and there is such fun planned. You can find it all at my Author Booth come Friday, but here are the the highlights.

 

A rundown of  convention events  I’m participating in this weekend.

(Note: Some of these links will not be live until tomorrow)

-I’m one of the authors in the B2BCYCON Fantasy Blog Tour. The tour begins on Friday April 8th here:  http://www.angelabchrysler.com/brain-to-books-cyber-convention-fantasy-blog-tour

-I’ll be participating in two discussion panels, Introducing Steampunk (5 PM EST, April 8th), and Paranormal Fascination (7 PM EST, April 9th)

-I’m part of the Facebook Author Takeover – I take the spotlight on April 10th at 2 PM EST: https://www.facebook.com/events/1116006305110882/

-My villain Balthazar will be part of the Character Showdown

-Fairy Tale Fusion is entered in the Cover Wars: https://www.facebook.com/events/924740790949091/

-And an excerpt from Fairy Tale Fusion can be heard as part of the convention’s Story Time Tour  Go here to check out more of the Story Time Tour

-I’m part of the Story Hop, with a paranormal tale called The Highwayman (here on this website): https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/18053739-the-story-hop-let-us-fire-your-imagination

 

And, oh yes, there are giveaways.

I have two books up for grabs in the B2B Convention’s Grand Giveaways:

Enter for a chance to win Killers and Demons II (plus other fantastic books)

And enter for a chance to win a paperback copy of Colours of Poetry (along with other great books)

I also have my own Rafflecopter Giveaway going this weekend with three sets of ebook prizes to be won: http://afstewartblog.blogspot.ca/p/blog-page_4.html

And I’ll also be giving away some bits and bobs and books during my Facebook Takeover spot April 10th!

 

In addition, I’ll be manning my Author Booth on Goodreads all weekend (along with a host of other talented authors), so stop by and chat.

 

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Brain to Books Cyber Convention

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I’m part of another great event for authors and readers coming to the virtual world this April, on the 8th, 9th and 10th,  called the Brain to Books Cyber Convention.

This wonderful event is being held on Goodreads, with adjunct events on Facebook and elsewhere, and works much like a real world convention only online. With “author booths”, panels, readings, and more, it will be a fabulous gathering for all book lovers. You can find all the details and pertinent links for the groups here: http://www.angelabchrysler.com/brain-to-books-cyber-convention-2016/

Just be sure to join both Goodreads groups if you are an author. One is for convention preparations and information, and the other is the convention site itself.

You can find the groups here:

Backstage (for authors)

Fairgrounds (the actual convention site)

I’ll be setting up a booth for April (you can take a sneak peek here, but remember it’s still under construction and not open for visitors until April). I’ll also be involved in author panels, have giveaways, and one of my villains will be partaking in a Character Showdown.

Also, over on Facebook I’ll be a part of the convention’s Cover Wars and the Author Takeover (I’m up at 2:00 PM EST on April 10th).

So please drop by in April for a fantastic time time.

 

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